School Bus Vs. Truck Accident

Published: Feb. 7, 2005 at 12:15 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 11, 2005 at 2:00 PM CST
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New Media Producer: Kerry Corum

UPDATE, TUE, 6:30 AM: A delivery truck driver remains in the hospital Tuesday morning, after sideswiping a school bus loaded with students.

The accident happened around 7:00 Monday morning, on Highway 57 near Glezen, Indiana. The bus driver says a truck crossed the center line and she swerved to avoid it.

The bus driver and her 33 passengers managed to get out with only cuts, bumps, and bruises. The truck driver, Noel King of South Bend, had to be cut free from the wreckage. He's listed in critical condition Tuesday morning at Saint Mary's Medical Center in Evansville.

Indiana State Police are still investigating.

UPDATE, 1PM CST MON: The names of the victims have been released. Indiana State Police tell Newswatch that the most severely injured person is the driver of the truck, 48-year-old Noel King of South Bend, who's listed in critical condition at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville.

The school bus driver, 47-year-old Betsy Travelstead of Oakland City, and two kids on the bus, 18-year-old Amber Creel and four-year-old Meredith Benson, were treated for minor injuries at Daviess Community Hospital. Six other students were taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital by their parents, where they were treated and released.

Earlier reports were incorrect that a semi hit the Pike County school bus. Indiana State Police say the truck is a box truck, not a semi.

On Newswatch at 5,6 and 10, we'll talk with students who were on the bus when the accident happened, along with reaction to the crash.

UPDATE, MON, 10:50 AM: A Pike County school bus full of children collides with a Frito Lay truck Monday morning on Highway 57.

The driver of the Frito Lay truck was seriously injured and had to be LifeFlighted to a local hospital. Luckily, none of the children were seriously injured. Two kids and the bus driver had to be transported to the hospital for minor injuries.

Sgt. Todd Ringle of the Indiana State Police says, according to the school bus driver, the truck went over the yellow line. "The school bus driver reacted by swerving to the right, and unfortunately, the vehicle - the truck still continued to go southbound, left of center and the truck then side-swiped the bus. After that impact, the school bus driver left the road on the east side, and came to a final rest."

The truck kept going south on 57 and then ran off the road and hit a tree. No word on the driver's condition at this hour.

UPDATE, MON, 9:10 AM: State police say six children suffered minor injuries when their school bus was hit by a box truck in southwest Indiana's Pike County Monday morning.

The truck driver suffered serious injuries. He was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Evansville. The children suffered cuts and scrapes.

The accident occurred about 30 miles north of Evansville on Indiana 57, near the small town of Glezen. A portion of the road was closed after the crash so emergency personnel could treat the injured.

The bus, Number 13 -- was carrying both elementary and high school students.

UPDATE, MON, 7:45 AM: According to Pike County school officials, only four minor injuries are reported so far from school bus # 13, headed to a Pike County school. The children on the bus were a mixture of elementary and high school students.

UPDATE, MON, 7:23 AM: According to reports, school bus # 13 out of Pike County is involved in this accident. Ambulances from four neighboring counties have been dispatched, along with LifeFlight.

Previously: There's an accident involving a school bus and a semi. Injuries have not been confirmed but ambulances are on the scene. The accident occurred around 6:45 a.m. Evansville time, on Highway 57 near Petersburgh, Indiana.

Tune to Newswatch later Monday for complete coverage, and come back to this site for updates as they become available.